By State of the Union Intern Vaughn Hillyard
There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning?
With one week away from the sequester deadline – or what we prefer to call the start of automatic spending cuts – we’ll look into what we should expect for the week ahead on Capitol Hill. And particularly, if March 1 passes without a deal, is the country truly in for a crisis situation? Or is Congress trying to compete with Lincoln for Sunday night’s Oscars?
There’s little activity around the Capitol, this week. Congress is on recess, leaving the visitor center staff, the interns and us on hand.
While we wait for the members of Congress to return on Monday, the lives of people in the rest of the country proceed - despite the warnings from politicos on the Hill of deep effects to jobs and social services if sequestration goes through.
We shouldn’t make it seem, though, that the country’s elected officials aren’t working. Arizona Sen. John McCain found his way to a few town hall events, including one in a retirement community that led to a berating of the senator’s push for undocumented immigrants’ path to citizenship.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio traveled to Israel for his first official visit. He met with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. And seven members of Congress, led by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, crossed the water and into Cuba, meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, trying to win over the release of an American contractor held since 2009.
And don’t forget perhaps the most notable recess excursion this week – the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents, along with new addition President William Howard Taft, ventured to Mount Rushmore.
While President Taft likely won’t be making an appearance on our program, we’ll have a full show on Sunday. The government seemingly set itself up for this financial mess, and now, few days remain for it to overcome its own challenge. This weekend, the country’s representatives will be flying back into town. And no worries, there will be plenty of time to prepare for the Oscars presentation after the show. We will see you on Sunday.
Much more to come, make sure to check back today for our full Rundown and don’t forget to watch Sunday on CNN at 9am & Noon ET.